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When frigid winter days have you longing for spring showers and their magical flowers, there is no need to suffer in silence.
Tucson, AZ 85757
We needed to have our entire irrigation system replaced. Caleb came out on time provided options and pricing. Super professional and we decided to …
When frigid winter days have you longing for spring showers and their magical flowers, there is no need to suffer in silence.
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After reviewing several contractors, my wife and I contracted with Santa Rita Landscape (SRL) to design and complete a backyard project for a new home we purchased in Marana, AZ. From the design phase to the completed project, I have nothing but praise for how the job was handled. Rich Doering was insightful throughout the design phase and was extremely patient with us as we fine tuned the initial design. By the third draft we had what we wanted. The work began and finished in the time frame that was established, and the crews were fantastic to work with. Arriving each day at pretty much sunrise to start the work and at the end of the each day, the work areas were cleaned up and all trash/debris was removed. All the crews (landscape/patio pavers, barbeque, fire-pit, trenching, water system and others) were professional and knowledgeable. The foreman for the project, Ismael Valle, nicknamed (Smiley) was on top of the project in regard to the work crews, equipment, supplies, and schedule. He was accessible and easy to work with. I will note, as with any project of this scale, a few issues did occur. Smiley handled each issue and the discrepancies were immediately addressed and rectified. I was also a bit surprised to have the owner of the company (Richard) and his Vice President in charge of operations (Garrett) show up at the site one afternoon just to check in and see how everything was going. We spent some time talking and it was obvious to me that they were very genuine in the desire to ensure the project was going well and in the manner that I expected. A very personal touch that was much appreciated. In the end, the backyard looks great and we are of the opinion that we clearly made the right choice for our project. I would highly recommend Santa Rita Landscape (SRL) for any project you may be considering.
Scott is a very personable person and met us at our house on a Saturday afternoon and showed us binders full of pictures of his work. It was really nice to be able to see the work he had done at previous clients which not only showed us the quality of his work but also helped us determine what we wanted to do with our backyard. While sitting with us he did a rough sketch of what we told him we wanted and then took a few days to put together a full blown final design. Scott's final design for our backyard was awesome and his guys made it come to life. They will make sure that the work is done correctly, if something isn't quite right they'll make sure it is perfected (I think they moved our boulders 3 or 4 times before we felt they were placed just right). Scott and his crew are extremely knowledgeable in all that they do (plants, hardscapes, irrigation, etc) and will gladly answer any of your questions. What work was done: - Created a beautiful extended patio - Graded and created drainage swells (our yard had a major drainage problem) - Put in a fountain - Put in a low voltage lighting system for path lighting and feature spotlights on a timer/light sensor - Extended our drip system from the front yard to the back yard - Created mounding - Brought in and place boulders - Put down a flagstone path - Put in a fence for a dog run - Put in rock -Planted a Tangelo (tree), Photinia (shrubs and trees), Bottlebrush (trees), Star Jasmine (vine), Japanese Boxwood (shrub), Mock Orange (shrub), prostrate myoporum (ground cover)
Saber Landscapes installed a complete yard reconstruction. New irrigation lines, sunken patios, outdoor kitchen, whole property lighting, extensive landscape planting, and helped me create a fabulous natural area between our neighbors that incorporates winding pathways thru an area I personally plant called My Secret Garden. This garden redesign won the Judge's Award in the Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program and was in the Tucson Lifestyle Magazine this year. We weren't going for the win, I simply wanted to create a serene space that my family would enjoy year round and extend the living space outdoors. I consulted many firms before choosing Saber Landscapes. They weren't the least expensive, but they were far from the most expensive. Some of these companies are way out of line with price quotes. With Saber, I found I got what I paid for and they stand behind their work. If you have a problem, Saber shows up to take care of it as part of their guarantee. Pretty nice when so many companies are going out of business and you can't even reach them again. I love my garden and spend many pleasurable hours there because of all the efforts by Saber Landscapes and their great team of installers and maintenance crew.
I had an inoperative irrigation system in my home that required expert help. I called Scott at Saber Landscaping and found him extremely helpful. He spent about a half hour on the phone with me and gave me several troubleshooting suggestions in an attempt to save him from having to make a service call. Unfortunately my controller box was in need of replacement, and since I was going to be out of town, I made arrangements for Scott to complete the necessary work the following week. Not only did he and his team do a thorough job, he called me while he was on site to communicate his diagnosis, offer up repair options and answer my questions. Scott completed the work on time to the estimate we discussed and sent me a timely invoice. If you are an out of town owner, you should feel comfortable calling Scott and the Saber Landscaping team; they did a great job and I was very satisfied. I highly recommend them!!
We were introduced to Saber Landscapes through an ad when we first moved to Tucson in early 2001 and needed landscaping for our new home. Being totally unfamiliar with desert landscaping and drip systems, we relied totally on Scott. He designed a great backyard and fulfilled all my requests: planters and a water feature, raised patio and paths. We trusted him so much after talking with him that we had Saber do the work while we were away for the summer. Scott sent regular update photos and videos. We were SO pleased when we returned home. Since then, the Saber crew maintains our yard as a partnership with me as I love to garden. We have also done several additional projects, including a courtyard, additional planters, and a new pathway. Scott and his crew are ALWAYS immediately responsive to questions and requests. Worth every penny!
I had a great experience today, thanks to Scott, the owner of Saber Landscaping. I installed my own system about 8 years ago and recently had problems with the control box giving me error messages. I tried trouble shooting and had no luck. I called Saber and it turns out I got Scott. He asked what the problem was, then what brand controller I had. He then told me my Hunter control boxes had this problem when they got old. He said he could fix it but if I had installed the system I could probably do it myself and gave me a reference to a couple of controllers. He lost a sale but made a big fan! Thanks, Scott!
My past few years relationship with Saber Landscapes, Inc. has been great. They are on-time, thorough, and Scott is well-versed on the property so projects are done with both our input, thus ensuring results that are pleasing to our family. When emergencies have arisen such as tree-root intusion on our irrigation system, and a tree landing in our pool during a tornado/windstorm, Saber Landscapes responded the same day, within an hour or two. It is a comfort to know you can rely on your landscaper- they are considered part of our extended family.
For people who want friendly, competent, trustworthy, and reliable service for a fair price, Arid Plant Design is the company you want. The employees arrived a day earlier than expected, they worked hard and efficiently. In my opinion they displayed a pride in their work which is a rare quality in todays workforce. The owner of the company, Dave has a great eye on what would enhance the look of your project. I'm throughly satisfied with the work done and would recommend Arid Plant Design to family and friends.
I have been using Saber Landscaping for years. They are very dependable and knowledgeable. When ever I have had a concern or question over the years, Scott the owner has always called me back and been willing to come over and look at a sick tree or any other problem. The crew that comes to my house is ALWAYS very polite, professional and efficient. They do an excellent job of cleaning up my yard and they do it quickly so I feel I really get my monies worth. I would highly recommend Saber Landscaping.
We needed to have our entire irrigation system replaced. Caleb came out on time provided options and pricing. Super professional and we decided to use him. He provided us a schedule was on-time every day and finished a week ahead of time and the work was excellent. We are very happy. I will use him for any irrigation needs and recommend you at least meet with him. As Thomas K said in his review he looks young but does have "IT". It was a great experience and a great company to deal with.
Nature's beauty can be seen everywhere through landscape designs. Not everyone has a green thumb or the knowledge to coordinate a landscaping plan that's aesthetically pleasing and meets the unique needs of the property. Landscape contractors can help add curb appeal to the exterior of your home or strategize how plants should be laid out.
Generally, landscape contractors create or refurbish outdoor spaces by planting trees, lawns, shrubs and flowers, and constructing paths, decks and patios. These professionals will generally discuss client requirements, how the landscaped area will be used, and the client's preference for certain styles. After this initial meeting, landscapers will select the materials they need and start carrying out their construction and planting plans.
With the number and variety of properties that need landscaping services, it should come as no surprise that there are many different providers to choose from. In fact, there are nearly 500,000 active landscaping businesses in the U.S. This demand is driven by the continued growth in domestic housing markets. Steady disposable income has also been a major reason for households to outsource their yard care.
Landscaping contractors have a wide variety of techniques that they can use to spruce up your yard. Here are some of the most common landscaping attributes that you can find at most homes:
Homeowners and businesses may stray from annuals and biennials due to planning and costs associated with them - instead, look to fill your garden with perennials. These plants return every year, making them a budget-friendly option. You may choose to do a one-color floral garden or a combination of colorful perennials. Look at plants like allium, buddleia, coneflower, sage and veronica for inspiration when choosing perennials.
Homeowners can mix and match different kinds of trees to enhance their yard. Evergreens like spruce, magnolia, holly and firs keep their leaves year-round. Deciduous trees, on the other hand, have leaves that change color and fall off in colder months. Pair different types of trees together for ample yard coverage.
If you want to guide guests around your yard, try using pathways. You can dig shallow holes to make the stones flush with the ground, providing an appealing walkway. Pavers can also be arranged in geometric patterns to cover unused ground space or bare earth.
Landscape contractors can also build a structure that will enhance your yard. Perhaps you decide to put in a koi pond, or that you want to build out your patio. Landscape contractors have the knowledge, tools and design expertise to carry out these construction projects.
Homeowners and business managers should call landscaping contractors as these professionals have the tools and expertise to carry out jobs such as:
Planting Trees and Flowers
Landscapers are often called out to roll out sod as well as plant trees and flowers. These contractors have the design aesthetic to help you plan the best layout for your particular space. Landscapers can also tell you if certain plants aren't cut out for your climate. Not only will you get a beautiful yard, but you'll also have foliage that will last over the years.
Sprinkler systems are beneficial for a variety of locations, but many DIY irrigation projects can lead to incorrect installations. Some problems include poor-quality components, improper pipe sizing, too many sprinkler-heads per zone, and inadequate head spacing. These systems are difficult to install, and a DIYer can easily make mistakes. Landscape contractors can situate sprinklers methodically to maintain your plants and ensure that the irrigation system is set up correctly.
Building Retaining Walls
If you have a retaining wall or are putting one in, proper installation is crucial. Landscapers see issues like lack of proper base preparation, unattractive wall blocks, mitered cuts at corners and no drainage chimney installed behind the wall. To prevent your wall from crumbling, call a landscape contractor to construct one.
Besides putting in plants and trees, building decks and patios are the most common jobs for a landscape contractor. These professionals have the best materials and tools available to create the look that you desire. DIY projects can end with structurally unsound builds, requiring additional time and money to fix the issues. Good landscapers will ensure a solid result that melds with the rest of your landscape design.
Homeowners and contractors can draw a lot of inspiration from landscaping styles used all over the world. There are some limitations to your options, such as what plants you can use based on the climate you live in, how much space you have to work with and any homeowners-association compliance regulations. However, once you address these main areas, landscaping design is only as restricted as your imagination.
Many homeowners are starting to use the Mediterranean design style for their landscapes. This option is becoming popular around the world because it takes advantage of new varieties of palm trees and plants that conform to different climates. The diversity of this flora is what makes this approach so appealing.
Southwest Landscape Design
If you live in an arid region, this style is likely going to be the best choice for your landscaping. Using a mix of garden decor and plants, Southwest design aims to make the most of plants that retain water well and can handle dry, warm climates. Pathways, patios and lawn ornaments can help cover the space and complement available flora.
Japanese Garden Style
Japanese-style landscapes are known for providing a serene space. This design uses a number of techniques to make the area look bigger than it is and to create a calm, beautiful atmosphere.
No matter which style you choose, there are some main considerations that should go into your design. Homeowners need to anticipate equipment access needed to create a deck or patio, as some tools may be too big for the space. They will also want to start by choosing a focal point. It should stand out but still be connected to the rest of the landscape. Accenting your home with thoughtful plantings to highlight its features will add curb appeal and enhance its characteristics.
Landscape work is not cheap, so it's in your best interest to make sure that it's done to your requirements and that you get the best contractor to do the job. Consider these factors before hiring a contractor:
Every good contractor should have a list of recently completed jobs that you can see in their portfolio. They should also have a list of references that you can contact, or properties that you can see in person. Feedback from these sources can reveal necessary information about the quality of the contractor's work, dependability, responsiveness and capacity to carry out your particular project.
Certification and Memberships
Landscape contractors also should have relevant certifications from reputable programs, like Certified Landscape Technician. You should also ask for a list of professional activities, affiliations and awards to gauge interest in professional growth and commitment to excellence. Contractors may be part of the International Society of Arboriculture, The Irrigation Association and numerous other organizations that are committed to providing better training and education in the industry.
Homeowners should require that the contractor submit certificates verifying compliance with safety, insurance, workers' compensation and drug and alcohol testing programs. This will give you peace of mind that the contractor has gone through all the steps under industry regulations.
Pricing and Billing
Homeowners should know how much they'll need to pay for the contractor's service as well as how they will be billed for this work. Ask about any design fees, if quoted prices are fixed or estimates, and what the payment process will be. Clarifying these items in the beginning will prevent any surprise expenses.
States have different requirements regarding landscape-contractor operations. Check the specific regulations for your area, and verify that your contractor has the necessary licenses. These may include a state contractor's license, pesticide license, CDL driver's license and license to sell and purchase nursery stock. It's important to ensure that your landscape contractor complies with established rules before beginning your project.
When it comes to working with landscaping materials, safety must be the top priority. There is a wide range of services within the industry, many of which come with a risk of injury. Employers must conduct all required training in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand. Training must demonstrate the hazards of operating certain machinery, like stone cutters and splitters, as well as how to use them appropriately. It's important to verify that your landscape contractor has taken the necessary steps to fully train its personnel and that the appropriate safety precautions are in place.